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WSJ: $99 Acer Iconia B1 tablet headed for emerging markets only

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WSJ: $99 Acer Iconia B1 tablet headed for emerging markets only
The other day we told you about the rumored $99 Acer Iconia B1 Android tablet that is expected to come to market with a 7 inch 1024 x 600 display. The pixel density of 170ppi tops the 162ppi of the 7.9 inch Apple iPad mini tablet and matches precisely the specs of the panel on the BlackBerry PlayBook. While the Wall Street Journal says that a person close to the project expects a launch early next year, the bad news is that the tablet is expected to be offered to emerging markets only. That is despite a visit to the FCC by the tablet.

The Google Nexus 10 spurred on Acer to make the $99 tablet

The Google Nexus 10 spurred on Acer to make the $99 tablet

Acer's plan is to produce a tablet with specs similar to other low priced models in the crowded 7 inch Android tablet market, like the Amazon Kindle Fire 2, but undercut them on price. At $99, Acer will be achieving that goal. It is a 180 degree change in strategy for Acer, which has been trying to pump up profit margins by focusing on high-end models.

The person close to the project says that the launch of the Google Nexus 10 (made by Samsung) made Acer change its focus on pricing. Additionally, rumors that rival manufacturer ASUS was planning to build a $99 Android tablet spurred on Acer. Although those rumors were denied by ASUS, the company is still expected to build an Android tablet in the $129-$149 price range.

The same source also told the WSJ that Acer will build a low priced version of its Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets since most models have been very expensive.

source: WSJ

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posted on 24 Dec 2012, 20:15

1. sarb009 (Posts: 316; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

The way it should be :)

posted on 24 Dec 2012, 20:32 2

2. Zayuh24 (Posts: 149; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

I agree. Their WP8 tablets are crazy expensive, and honestly, Windows doesn't have the mobile swag to try to play the pricing game yet. Follow the path of the Nexus: Affordability with semi-premium quality to establish your clique, then set the standards for everyone else to follow. Kudos to Google for playing the price-game RIGHT

posted on 25 Dec 2012, 03:44

3. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Add import duties, taxes, dealer margin etc and this would become $180+ in India. There are already few players in that range in Indian market and i am sure they will up their specs too if this offers competition to them.

posted on 25 Dec 2012, 04:34

4. SomikSharma (Posts: 7; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Acer is competing with ipad mini and nexus 7. Really middle user will be happy after listening this news. Thanks to you!


posted on 25 Dec 2012, 09:19

5. Mobilephile (Posts: 162; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)

pricing is heating up in this space, bad news for apple!

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 20:46

6. deuel18 (Posts: 41; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

i wish acer would make beter quality tablet though..i had a110 and its good just need to adjust to be friend with the acer tablet, but if samsung would make a 7" version of the galaxy note...with the S pen....were done with the deal guys...and if asus entered the battlefield of cheap 7" tab..the selections will be better though...

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